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Indian students rally in Hyderabad in 2012 after the gang-rape and killing of a New Delhi student. Photo: AP/Mahesh Kumar A.

New play forgets that rape is not just an Indian problem

9 March 2014 12:26

A play about the 2012 Delhi rape was never going to be easy viewing and unsurprisingly Yael Farber’s Nirbhaya is painful to watch. It’s easy to close a newspaper when… Continue reading

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England v South Africa: 1st Investec Test - Day One

India holds the cricket world to ransom; England and Australia agree to pay

27 January 2014 12:56

Almost no idea is rotten enough that it can’t or won’t be defended by some scoundrel somewhere. Even so, the equanimity with which some folk have greeted the proposed ICC… Continue reading

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England v Australia: 1st Investec Ashes Test - Day Five

A Carve-Up That’s Just Not Cricket

20 January 2014 15:14

By god, you know matters have come to a wretched pass when you feel inclined to defend and protect the International Cricket Council. And yet, remarkably, such a moment is… Continue reading

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates winning the 2011 World Cup in India.

Sachin Tendulkar is among the very greatest sportsmen, but heroes are made to be surpassed

16 November 2013 8:46

It was the sort of summer’s day that makes you glad to be alive; but we were watching the telly. We would not normally do this. If the weather was… Continue reading

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Prince Charles gets too close to the 65 candles (Photo: John Stillwell/Pool/Getty)

Prince Charles lights up India

14 November 2013 12:36

It could have all gone very, very wrong for Prince Charles on the day he reached retirement age. The Prince of Wales has not even started the job he was born… Continue reading

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Sachin Tendulkar

Farewell to the Little Master: we will not see the likes of Sachin Tendulkar again.

13 November 2013 16:34

As you know, only seven batsmen have scored more than 50,000 first-class runs. Hobbs, Woolley, Hendren, Mead, Grace, Sutcliffe and Hammond are untouchable. We shall not see their like again.… Continue reading

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Indian soldiers take cover during fighting in Kashmir in September 2013. (ROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Brave, non-denominational freedom fighters

4 November 2013 8:41

Those of you who wonder why the BBC is so politically correct, so craven in its expressions regarding, for example, Islamic terror, may find a partial answer here:  Stephen Whittle Director… Continue reading

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Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland, which has been longlisted for Booker, was partly inspired by watching her children's relationship.

Interview with a writer: Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Booker longlisted The Lowland

9 September 2013 9:30

The Lowland is the magnificent new novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, which has been longlisted for this year’s Man Booker prize. It tells the story of two brothers, Subhash and Udayan,… Continue reading

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A group of Indian school children rides a cycle van to reach school near Kolkata. A reminder of how far India has yet to travel. (DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)

Amartya Sen interview: India must fulfil Tagore’s vision, not Gandhi’s

20 August 2013 11:19

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. Sen’s previous books include: Development as Freedom; Rationality and Freedom; The Argumentative Indian;… Continue reading

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Darkness falls over Dal Lake in Srinigar in Kashmir, scene of much of the non-sporting action of The Great Tamasha by James Astill and Cricket Cauldron by Shaharyar M. Khan. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

Two riveting journeys to the heart of India and Pakistan

24 July 2013 9:42

50 summers have passed since C.L.R. James asked, ‘What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?’ James’s belief, that this quaint game reveals profound truths of those who play and… Continue reading

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Australia v Sri Lanka - Third Test: Day 2

Can't Bat, Can't Bowl, Can't Field: Is this the worst Australian cricket team ever?

4 March 2013 13:26

Stuart Law. Darren Lehmann. Jamie Cox. Phil Jaques. Brad Hodge. Michael di Venuto. Chris Rogers. Martin Love. Tom Moody. Nine men who count as some of the unluckiest cricketers ever… Continue reading

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A view of the Himalayan Mountain range of Annapurna and Mount Machhapuchre. PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images

The pleasure of reading Rumer Godden’s India

27 February 2013 11:07

Rumer Godden’s prose tugs two ways at once. It is subtle, descriptive, and light, but also direct and unashamed of being turned inside out until darkness consumes it, rendering what… Continue reading

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David Cameron in India this week. Picture: Getty

Welcome to India, Mr Camerooon: how the PM fared with the local media

23 February 2013 14:48

How did David Cameron fare with the local media on this week’s trip to India? The third day of his trip attracted the most headlines, when he visited Amritsar. If Mr… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Meets Nigerian President Goodluck Johnathan

David Cameron’s Immigration Reverse Ferret

14 February 2013 10:56

If you seek cheap entertainment, the sight of government ministers defending their immigration policies to the foreign press is always worth a sardonic chuckle or two. And, lo, it came… Continue reading

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Action from the 2011 ICC World Cup second Semi-Final between Pakistan and India at Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali, India, on March 30, 2011. Image: Getty

Cricket’s the loser

12 February 2013 19:11

Cricket glorifies some cheats. W.G. Grace often batted on after being clean bowled; such was the public demand to watch him. Douglas Jardine’s bodyline tactics revolutionised fast bowling: eventually making… Continue reading

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Boris flew to India yesterday, as the Prime Minister addressed the British Curry Awards. Image: Getty.

I spy spice

27 November 2012 12:17

Two thousand spice lovers crossed the river last night for the enormous British Curry Awards at Battersea Evolution. Between dousing my tongue with milk to calm the fiery dishes, I… Continue reading

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Picture: Carla Millar

Boris in Bollywood

24 November 2012 13:00

So Cameron is making his mark on the EU budget, Gove has caused a stir with his Leveson remarks, and Osborne is prepping for his Autumn Statement. No matter. As… Continue reading

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Australia v India - Second Test: Day 4

Very, Very Special: An Appreciation of VVS Laxman - Spectator Blogs

20 August 2012 15:54

And then there was one.  Of the four princes who made India the world’s best side to watch in the first decade of the 21st century, only Sachin Tendulkar –… Continue reading

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Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee’s potential as president

25 July 2012 17:01

Congress party Pranab Mukherjee’s victory in the Indian presidential election this week allowed the party to exhale for a nanosecond amid the gloom of stalled economic reform and political paralysis. As… Continue reading

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Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee

Mukherjee can’t change India’s political paralysis

6 July 2012 11:30

The Indian president lives in a Lutyens palace formerly occupied by the country’s viceroys, replete with ballroom, cinema, and Mughal gardens. I’ve been inside to interview the current incumbent, Pratibha… Continue reading

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100 x 100

16 March 2012 11:56

Well he’s done it. At last. Surprisingly, this was Sachin Tendulkar’s first ODI century against Bangladesh. One hundred international hundreds – 51 in test cricket and 49 in the abbreviated… Continue reading

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Rahul Dravid’s Exceptionalism

13 March 2012 18:09

I wrote about the great man here, but cricket-minded readers should also scamper to Cricinfo to read Ed Smith’s reflection on his former Kent team-mate. This is the telling passage:… Continue reading

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Farewell, Rahul Dravid

9 March 2012 19:39

Rahul Dravid’s retirement, announced with typical elegance today, is not just a sad business because it means we’ll never see the great technician again but because it is the beginning… Continue reading

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Storm in an Indian teacup

5 February 2012 14:19

So, does India want the UK’s aid or not? If you believe the Indian finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee, the funds are unnecessary, ‘peanuts’ even. The Daily Telegraph reports that British… Continue reading

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A Dangerous Summer

18 August 2011 17:41

This England cricket team is rather like the great German football sides of the past: a collective rather greater than the sum of its parts. Hard, determined, efficient, ruthless, organised… Continue reading

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